Margo K. Lindauer
Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Clinical Programs; Director, Domestic Violence Institute
Northeastern University School of Law, JD 2007
Georgetown University Law Center, LLM 2012
While the clinic is open only to upper-level students, Professor Lindauer oversees a first-year opportunity for students to volunteer in the Domestic Violence Institute’s Legal Assistance to Victims (LAV) project, a unique interdisciplinary collaboration with Casa Myrna, the largest domestic violence advocacy organization in Boston. Through funding from the US Department of Justice’s Office for Violence Against Women, the LAV project seeks to connect individuals impacted by domestic violence with legal services, at those places they may first turn to for help.
Prior to joining the Northeastern community, Professor Lindauer worked at Project Place as the director of Partnerships to Opportunities for Women in Re-Entry (POWR), where she oversaw the implementation of an innovative US Department of Labor grant dedicated to working with female ex-offenders within six months of re-entry. This built upon her extensive background in domestic violence work at Casa Myrna Vazquez, Respond, Inc., and at Georgetown’s Domestic Violence Clinic. Professor Lindauer gained valuable clinical teaching experience at Georgetown, where she earned her LLM and at Suffolk University Law School, where she served as a teaching fellow in the Child Advocacy Clinic and the Juvenile Defender Clinic.
In 2019, Professor Lindauer was named a Bellow Scholar at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) in New Orleans. The Bellow Scholar Program, administered the by the AALS Clinical Section, recognizes and supports the research projects of clinical law professors that reflect the ideals of Professor Gary Bellow — a pioneering founder of modern clinical legal education. Every two years, the Bellow Scholar Program seeks innovative project proposals from clinical legal educators designed to improve the quality of justice in communities, enhance the delivery of legal services, and promote economic and social justice. Professor Lindauer’s project goal is to assess correlations between civil restraining order procurement and outcomes in criminal prosecutions for domestic violence and sexual assault and then make recommendations for policy changes based on the empirical findings to reduce inequality in outcomes and to improve access to justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Professor Lindauer is a member of the board of governors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). She actively mentors students and young attorneys who seek careers advocating for victims of domestic violence. Professor Lindauer also organized the law school’s recent “Finding the Nexus” conference in collaboration with the law school’s Center for Health Policy and Law. The conference brought together hundreds of advocates, lawyers, elected officials and policy makers in the domestic violence and sexual assault space. Professor Lindauer has been quoted in The Boston Globe and other media outlets.
Fields of Expertise
- Child Welfare
- Clinical Legal Education
- Domestic Violence
- Family Law
- Juvenile Courts
- Spanish for Lawyers
- “Beyond Non-Violent Offenses: Criminal Justice Reform and Intimate Partner Violence in the Age of Progressive Prosecution,” 16 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties 457 (2021).
- “A Pandemic within a Pandemic — Intimate Partner Violence during Covid-19,” The New England Journal of Medicine (September 16, 2020).
- “‘Please Stop Telling Her to Leave.’ Where is the Money: Reclaiming Economic Power to Address Domestic Violence,” 39 Seattle University Law Review 1263 (2016).
- “Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t: Why Multi-Court-Involved Battered Mothers Just Can’t Win,” 20(4) American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law 797 (August 2012).
- “‘Nobody Wanted To Listen to Me Because of My Past’: Harmony Montgomery’s Mother Says Her Calls for Help Went Unheeded by Officials,” The Boston Globe (January 13, 2022).
- “Prior to Harmony Montgomery’s Disappearance, a Series of Police Visits and a Father’s History of Violence,” The Boston Globe (January 12, 2022).
- “Spousal Privilege Option Can Be Complicated, Legal Experts Say,” The New Bedford Light (December 23, 2021).
- “Could Ghislaine Maxwell Be Both a Victim and Perpetrator of Violence?,” Northeastern News (December 12, 2021).
- “She Took Her Daughter and Ran From an Abusive Relationship. Now They’re Homeless,” The Boston Globe (October 21, 2021).
- “Tips and Resources for Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month,” Northeastern News (October 13, 2021).
- “Trailblazing US Gymnast Simone Biles Takes on Trauma,” Northeastern News (August 6, 2021).
- “Cuomo’s Alleged Harassment of Women Is ‘All about Power and Control,’ Says Northeastern Scholar,” Northeastern News (August 5, 2021).
- “Janey Promises Transparency, But Withholds Records Of Boston Police Officers Accused Of Misconduct,” WBUR (August 5, 2021).
- “Britney Spears’s ‘Abusive Arrangement’ Removes Her Control Over Her Own Body–But She’s Not the Only One,” Northeastern News (June 24, 2021).
- “Domestic Violence Within the Ranks: How Recent Allegations are Shaking Faith in BPD,” The Boston Globe (May 27, 2021).
- “COVID-19 Fueled a Domestic Violence Crisis. Now, the Stimulus Bill Could Help Women and Children Leave Abusers,” USA Today (March 6, 2021).
- “COVID-19 Made it Harder to Escape Domestic Violence, Technology Offers Some Tools to Help Victims,” Northeastern News (March 2, 2021).
- “Domestic Violence via Technology on the Rise During Pandemic,” The San Diego Tribune (January 24, 2021).
- “Domestic Violence, Gun Sales Are on the Rise. Does a Louisiana Parish Have a Solution?,” The Tennessean (January 7, 2021).
- “Domestic Abuse Survivor Works to Help Women and Kids as Cases Skyrocket During Pandemic,” People (December 28, 2020).
- “Domestic Violence Victims in the U.S. Are Lacking Resources During Pandemic,” WNYC's The Takeaway (December 1, 2020).
- “Closed Schools Could Be Putting Children at Risk During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Northeastern News (October 13, 2020).
- “COVID-19 is Making Things Harder for Victims of Domestic Abuse. Here’s a Way to Help,” Northeastern News (June 30, 2020).
- "SJC Orders Clerks in ‘Secret Court’ Cases to Record All Hearings,” The Boston Globe (September 9, 2019).
- “Has The Boston Globe’s Coverage Of DA Rollins Been Fair?,” WGBH's Greater Boston (July 15, 2019).
- “Are the Cubs Part of the Problem or the Solution? Analyzing Theo Epstein’s Nuanced Approach to the Addison Russell Case,” The Athletic (May 10, 2019).
- “Northeastern Once Again Ranked #1 for Practical Training,” Press Release (April 11, 2019).
- “Panel is Charged with Reviewing State’s ‘Secret Courts’,” The Boston Globe (November 29, 2018).
- “This Judge Received Special Treatment After Beating His Wife. Then He Killed Her,” Refinery29 (November 20, 2018).
- “Inside Our Secret Courts,” The Boston Globe (September 30, 2018).
- “Getting Real on Sexual Assault,” Human Rights at Home Blog (October 7, 2015).
- “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't - Why Mothers Can't Win in Court,” BlogTalk Radio (February 2014).
- Virtual Panel:Public Health Approaches to Protecting Youth from Gun Violence: COVID and Beyond (January 14, 2021).
- Virtual Panel: Domestic Violence During COVID-19, Harvard Home for Family Medicine (November 2020).
- Lecture: Domestic Violence 101, Tufts University, Women and Health Seminar (November 2014).
- Presentation: Domestic Violence Legal Training (component of 25 hour training to new staff and volunteers from Asian Task Force, GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project, Respond, Inc. and the Guidance Center) (November 2014).
- Presentation: 25 Hour Domestic Violence Training, Created finalized curriculum, coordinated presentations and “trained the trainer” as well as taught 8 hours of curriculum to new staff hires, interns and volunteers from Asian Task Force, GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project and Respond, Inc. (Summer 2013; Fall 2013; Summer 2014).
- Presentation: DV Basics, presented to Project Place Staff about domestic violence fundamentals, resources and warming signs (Winter 2014).
- Presentation: 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training, Assisted in coordinating, preparing and teaching state mandated courses on domestic violence to new staff hires and volunteers from Reach Beyond Domestic Violence, Asian Task Force, GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project and Respond, Inc. (Summer 2013; Fall 2013).
- Presentation: Introduction to Domestic Violence, presented to police officers of all rank in Stoneham MA regarding domestic violence models, patterns, warning signs and resources available (Summer 2013).
- Group: Domestic Violence Support Group, Started and facilitated 8 week progressive Domestic Violence support group to sentenced women at the Suffolk House of Correction (Summer 2013).
- Presentations, Multiple community outreach presentations on teen dating violence (variations on basic presentation) to high school students, church groups, community groups and youth groups throughout Middlesex County (Winter 2013; Spring 2013; Summer 2013).